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January 25, 2013

'Counting on Character' at NHA

In "Counting on Character," the terrific Joanne Jacobs takes a close look at National Heritage Academies (NHA) and its approach to character and citizenship education.

January 24, 2013

Preparing for Democracy at Democracy Prep

The AEI Program on American Citizenship just published an intriguing piece titled They've just published an intriguing piece titled "Charter schools as nation builders" by my colleagues Daniel Lautzenheiser and Andrew Kelly, looking at Harlem's Democracy Prep charter network and sketching out its unique approach to civic education.

November 15, 2012

Making Civics Count

With the election still fresh in everyone's mind, seemed like a good time to flag an especially relevant new book: Making Civics Count. Just out from Harvard Education Press, the volume is edited by David Campbell, political scientist at Notre Dame and leading authority on civic engagement, Meira Le...

June 17, 2011

Where Teachers and the Public Agree, and Disagree, on Civics Education

The past decade has seen remarkably little attention to citizenship education in American schooling. That, I'd argue, is one factor contributing to the latest, dismal NAEP results in civics and history. What such results don't tell us though is what Americans themselves think about citizenship edu...

May 20, 2011

Charter Schooling & Citizenship

I'm an advocate for charter schooling. Regular readers of RHSU know that this is not because I'm convinced they're the answer to the "achievement gap" or to driving up math and reading scores, but because chartering offers an opportunity to rethink how we go about teaching, learning, and schooling....

October 05, 2010

The Trouble with "Vocational" Citizenship

At the end of last week and again yesterday, I wrote about grim news from a new study regarding what teachers think students are learning when it comes to citizenship, and how distant our focus on education as the "new civil right" is from traditional concerns about preparing students for the rigors...

October 04, 2010

The Limits of "Transactional" Citizenship

Last week, I talked a bit about the results of the new Farkas-Duffett study High Schools, Civics, and Citizenship: What Social Studies Teachers Think and Do. (Full disclosure: The study was commissioned and published by my shop at AEI). Some of the key findings--particularly the fact that public...

September 30, 2010

High Schools, Civics, and Citizenship: What Social Studies Teachers Think and Do

Remarkably little has been written about the state of citizenship education in our schools. One has to go back to the 1998 Public Agenda study "A Lot To Be Thankful For" to find a serious attempt to examine what parents think public schools should teach children about citizenship. The annual Phi Del...

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